There are several ways you can update and modify your camping trailer to function off the grid. Instead of relying on propane to heat your camper, you can install a tiny fireplace stove addition to heat your camper and for cooking. Here are some tips to help you install this addition successfully and for optimal safety.

Install in an Optimal Location

When you are considering where inside your camping trailer to place your wood burning fireplace stove, choose a central location where the fireplace stove won't get in the way of movement through the camper. It should also be a location where heat can evenly move throughout the interior space. You don't want to place a stove in corner of the camper, as the other end of the camper may be cooler. You may need to remove a cabinet to make a spot for your fireplace stove to sit, but having warm, even heat can be well worth the missing storage space.

Be sure you attach the fireplace stove onto the flooring or its fire-rated platform. Smaller stoves can be more lightweight than larger ones and you need to keep it anchored in place, especially as you will be transporting your camper around to different areas.

Add Heat- and Fire-Proof Materials

It will be important to install wall and flooring materials around the fireplace stove. While you are burning wood in the fireplace stove, it will radiate a great deal of heat outward and onto any nearby surfaces. Underneath the stove fireplace stove, install a metal hearth layer, which can be the most lightweight for a portable camper and will prevent the stove's heat from radiating downward and damaging the flooring of your camper.

You will also need to line the walls around the stove and its chimney with non-combustible metal heat shield. Most heat shield needs to be installed at a minimum of one inch from the interior walls of your camper. This one-inch gap provides a space for air to circulate between the heat shield and the camper's interior walls to help prevent excessive heat. Also, be sure to use heat-protected attachments and spacers for the spacing between the heat shield and the wall.

Follow the regulations for the stove's clearance to the heat shield and any surrounding surfaces. Some small fireplace stoves are designed to be able to sit closer to interior surfaces, but check with the manufacturer before installing it.

Install a Flue and Moveable Vent Cap

Venting the fumes from the wood burning process to the outside air of your camper requires you to install a heat-rated chimney flue. You will need to buy a length of chimney pipe and run it from the top of your fireplace stove and out the camper, requiring you to cut a hole in the camper's ceiling. Make sure you do not cut through any wiring or structural trusses inside the camper. Then, make sure the top of the flue is removable so you can cap it off when moving your camper.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

When you are going to be using wood as a fuel to heat your camper's small interior space, it is very important to make sure the stove does not allow an accumulation of carbon monoxide to collect inside the camper. If the fireplace stove is not ventilating properly outside the fumes created during the burning process, they can begin to accumulate along the floor of your camper trailer. Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly and you can't smell or see it.

To protect you and your family from this danger, install a carbon monoxide detector, if not two, along the floor of your camper's interior, and check and replace the detector's batteries regularly.

Use these tips to help you install your safe camping trailer fireplace stove. For more information, contact companies like Alpine Fireplaces.

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